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Illinois Jobs Decline in September

The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced today that the unemployment rate remained unchanged at 5.0 percent in September and nonfarm payrolls decreased by -10,800 jobs over-the-month, based on preliminary data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and released by IDES. August job growth was revised up to show a smaller decline (-2,600 jobs) than initially reported (-3,700 jobs).

September’s monthly payroll drop kept over-the-year job growth well below the national average. While Illinois job growth has had its ups and downs since the beginning of the year, the 3-month trend shows average declines of -4,200 jobs per month from July to September, while the six-month trend shows a -400 per month average job loss from April to September. Both the 3-month and the 6-month changes are worse than reported last month.

“The Illinois economy continues to sputter.” said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “Moving one step forward and one step backward, as we have done this past number of months, does little to build the positive jobs momentum that most other states have built during this recovery.”

“Illinois stands apart in terms of the assets and opportunities we have to offer business across industries,” said Illinois Department of Commerce Director Sean McCarthy. “We must continue to market our exceptional assets while implementing reforms that boost our economy and make us competitive on a national stage.”

In September, the two industry sectors with the largest gains in employment were: Financial Activities (+3,600) and Manufacturing (+1,100). The three industry sectors with the largest payroll declines were: Trade, Transportation, and Utilities (-4,200); Education and Health Services (-3,400); and Leisure and Hospitality (-3,300).

Over-the-year, nonfarm payroll employment increased by +3,700 jobs with the largest gains in these industry sectors in September: Financial Activities (+12,000); Education and Health Services (+9,600); and Professional and Business Services (+8,000). The industry sectors with the largest over-the-year declines include: Trade, Transportation and Utilities (-10,700); Government (-7,100); and Construction (-5,800). Illinois nonfarm payrolls were up +0.1 percent over-the-year in sharp contrast to the nation’s +1.2 percent over-the-year gain in September.

The state’s unemployment rate is +0.8 percentage points higher than the national unemployment rate reported for September 2017, which decreased to 4.2 percent. The Illinois unemployment rate is down -0.8 percentage points from a year ago when it was 5.8 percent. At 5.0 percent, the Illinois jobless rate is -0.7 percentage points lower than January 2017.

The number of unemployed workers dipped -0.4 percent from the prior month to 321,700, down -14.5 percent over the same month for the prior year. The labor force remained about unchanged over-the-month and declined by -1.3 percent in September over the prior year. The unemployment rate identifies those individuals who are out of work and are seeking employment. An individual who exhausts or is ineligible for benefits is still reflected in the unemployment rate if they actively seek work.
To help connect jobseekers to employers who are hiring, IDES’ maintains the state’s largest job search engine IllinoisJoblink.com (IJL). IJL recently showed 62,795 posted resumes with 179,994 jobs available.

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Area Manufacturers To Receive Training

Area manufacturers are invited to hear from international manufacturing experts Jack Harris, Steve Ray and Dan Nagy of Intelligent Manufacturing Systems during the Defense & Manufacturing Industry 4.0 Workshop being hosted by the Quad Cities Chamber on Thursday, October 26 from 7:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. at the Rock Island Arsenal – Joint Manufacturing Technology Center.

 

Guests will also take part in interactive small group sessions facilitated by representatives from Intelligent Manufacturing Systems where they will team up to identify ways to lower the risk of evaluating and adopting new technologies, and will identify actionable takeaway items that will enable them to improve their product and operations.

 

Groups will discuss technical challenges such as:

 

·       How to identify gaps in technology

·       Benefits of using new technology including data analytics, additive manufacturing, advanced robotics and more

·       Identify opportunities to collaborate with other area manufacturers

·       How to maximize the use of technology and R&D results

·       Share knowledge and best practices with industry peers

 

“Given the speed of technological change we’re currently experiencing, we’ve found the most effective way for companies to adapt is through collaboration. We’ll all learn and adapt at a faster rate by working together,” says Mike Coughlin, Executive Director, Quad Cities Manufacturing Innovation Hub. “Through this event, area manufacturers will build valuable connections and identify areas in which they can work together to benefit each other’s businesses.”

 

Newly installed JMTC commanding officer Col. Kenneth W. Letcher will kick the day off with a special address regarding JMTC’s mission and future plans, including how to engage with contracting opportunities at the Rock Island Arsenal.

 

While there is no cost to attend the event, registration is required.  Lunch is provided, and all attendees must provide a valid driver’s license at the security gate.  Registration is available at www.quadcitieschamber.com/events.

 

This program is presented by the Quad Cities Chamber's Quad Cities Manufacturing Innovation Hub and the Defense Industry Adjustment Program. Sponsorship support is provided by Northwest Bank & Trust Company.

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Moline Police Continue to Work a 27 Year Old Cold Case

 

 

Today marks the 27th anniversary of the disappearance of Jerry A. Wolking, a 52 year old Moline resident.

 

Jerry Wolking was last seen leaving the residence of his girlfriend in Rock Island around 10:45 PM en route to his Moline residence.

 

Evidence gathered in 1990 showed that Mr. Wolking had made it back to his residence during the late night hours on October 18th, 1990 but failed to show up to work at John Deere the next day.

 

On October 21st, 1990, Mr. Wolking’s vehicle a blue/silver 1988 Chevrolet Suburban was located in long term parking at the Quad City Airport.

 

Moline officers located blood stains in Mr. Wolking’s vehicle and had mud stuck in the tires and under carriage.  During a cold case review in 2013, with the assistance of the University of North Texas the blood stains were identified as belonging to Mr. Wolking.

 

Evidence shows that Mr. Wolking was likely involved in an argument near his residence and then struck by his own vehicle. The suspect then placed Mr. Wolking into the rear of the Chevrolet Suburban and took him to an unknown location, as Mr. Wolking has not been seen since that date.

 

During the cold case review, several new witnesses came forward and advised Mr. Wolking was fearful of his girlfriend’s estranged husband, confiding in family members and co-workers that he was afraid he would be harmed by him.

 

In 2013, witnesses came forward and advised they had observed a vehicle they believed to be Mr. Wolking’s 1988 Chevrolet Suburban stuck in the mud in the early morning hours of October 19th, 1990. The witness observed the vehicle in a wooded area near the Poplar Grove addition in Moline, which is just east of Green Valley softball complex.

 

In 2013, with the assistance of the Augustana College Geology Department student Grant Wick and Dr. Michael Wolf, forensic testing was completed on the dirt and grass located on Mr. Wolking’s vehicle in 1990. The testing compared that to samples of dirt and grass from the Poplar Grove area and geologically they were similar.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In 2013, the Moline Police Department with the assistance of Canine Search Solutions out of Wisconsin conducted a search of the area where Mr. Wolking’s vehicle was believed to be observed.  The search of the area did not find anything of evidentiary value related to Mr. Wolking.

 

The Moline Police Department is asking individuals with information regarding Mr. Wolking’s disappearance to come forward and put this case to rest for Mr. Wolking’s family.

 

 

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Moline Police Department at 309-524-2140 or those wishing to remain anonymous contact Crime Stoppers of the Quad Cities at 309-762-9500.

 

Respectfully,
 

Detective Michael Griffin #2008

Public Information Officer

 

Moline Police Department

mgriffin@moline.il.us

309-524-2140


 

 

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Forbes List of Billionaires Includes Pritzker

Illinois has a very rich man as Governor but he’s not nearly as wealthy as a person that’s trying to run against him next November. Forbes magazine ranks Democrat gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker as 219th richest American, saying he’s worth $3.4 billion. Pritzker is among the richest people in Illinois, but hedge fund manager Ken Griffin is atop the state list. His personal wealth is pegged at $8.5 billion. 

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Officers investigating a Homicide in Davenport

On Wednesday October 18, 2017 at approximately 12:32 AM Officers were dispatched to the 300 block of East 2nd Street reference to a shots fired call. Officers arriving on scene located one shooting victim who was transported to Genesis East Hospital. Shortly after arriving at the hospital, 29 year old Dimitrius Summers of Rock Island was pronounced dead.


Detectives are following-up on the incident. No further information is available at this time. Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to call the Davenport Police Department at 563 326-6125 or submit an anonymous tip via the mobile app entitled “CityConnect Davenport, IA” or  CrimeReports by Motorola”.

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GDL Program Reduces Teen Fatalities


Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White says the Graduated Driver's License has been a proven lifesaver for first time drivers. White believes stricter standards for younger drivers has played a lead role in cutting the number of teenage driver deaths by 51 percent in the past ten years. Illinois Transportation Department figures show that compared to 155 lives lost in that age group in 2007. That was the year before the graduated license program took effect. The graduated license program features nighttime driving restrictions, an increased required practice driving time with an adult before a teen can get a license and limits starting drivers to one passenger in the front seat. Cell phone use is prohibited, even with a hands free device, unless there is an emergency. 

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month


 

    The Henry and Stark County Health Department is pleased to announce that October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. 

 

     Breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women, except for skin cancers.  About 1 in 8 women in the US will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime. 

 

     The American Cancer Society’s estimates for breast cancer in the United States for 2016 are:

 

·         About 246,660 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women.

·         About 61,000 new cases of carcinoma situ (CIS) will be diagnosed.

·         About 40,450 women will die from breast cancer.

 

    RaeAnn Tucker, Health Department Director of Health Promotion, notes, “When considering facts such as these it's obvious that we, in the public health field, must emphasize the importance of early detection and screening.   Indeed, breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in women. About 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point.  The good news is that many women can survive breast cancer if it’s found and treated early. Therefore, we would like to encourage women to partner with a friend or family member to remind each other to practice monthly breast self-exam and make annual clinical exam and mammogram appointments."

 

    The Health Department reminds area residents that their clinical services program provides annual physical exams to area women, including a breast exam and pap smear.

 

    The clinic accepts medicaid payments and private pay.  A sliding fee scale, based on the client's income, has been established to assist residents to obtain services.

  

    In addition the Health Department is always available for breast cancer prevention educational presentations for your group or organization.

 

     For more information on Department's Women's Health services call (309)

852-0197 (Henry) or 852-3115 (Stark) or visit our website atwww.henrystarkhealth.com. or find us on Facebook at Henry and Stark County Health Departments.

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Mating Season Is Here, Don't Veer For Deer

 Autumn brings shorter days, cooler temperatures and a new set of driving habits for Illinois motorists. The Illinois Department of Transportation and Illinois Department of Natural Resources warn drivers to be vigilant during mating season as deer will be more active and visible throughout the state. The risk for deer vs. vehicle crashes greatly increases in October, November and December, especially at dusk and dawn. 

“Deer can dart in front of a vehicle in the blink of an eye,” said Illinois Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn. “It’s instinctual to swerve out of the way, but in doing so, drivers could lose control of the vehicle and cause a more severe crash. If you’re attentive and watchful for deer encounters, these safety tips could make all the difference.”

Motorists are urged to follow these safe driving tips during mating season:

• Be aware of your surroundings and pay attention to deer crossing signs.

• Scan the sides of the road for eye shine – the reflection of headlights in the eyes.

• Slow down if you see deer.  They travel in groups, so more are likely in the area.

• Prepare for the unexpected. Deer can stop in the middle of the road or double back.

• If a collision is inevitable, try to glance the vehicle off the deer and avoid swerving into the opposite lanes of traffic.

More safe driving tips can be viewed by clicking here.

Approximately 40 to 45 (actually 41%) percent of crashes in Illinois involving deer in 2016 occurred in October, November, and December – with November being the highest-risk month. 75 percent of all motor vehicle crashes involving deer happened in rural environments, with over 70 (actually 72%) percent of all crashes taking place at twilight or nighttime.
In 2016, there were 14,759 motor vehicle crashes involving deer in Illinois, over one thousand crashes less than the 2015 total. There were 14,248 crashes that resulted in damage to property or vehicles only, down from the 15,431 in 2015. Personal injuries tallied 581 in 2016 versus 628 in 2015 and 569 in 2014. The number of fatalities dropped, from eight in 2015 to five in 2016.

The top 10 Illinois counties for crashes involving deer in 2016:


1. Cook   439                                                            7.  Williamson  287
2. Madison  415                                                        8.  Rock Island  278
3. Will   389                                                               9.  Bureau    277
4. Sangamon  344                                                         Pike   277
5. Fulton  328                                                                 Lake   277  
6.   Peoria   311                                                       10.  Jackson  273      

“Deer-vehicle accidents can occur any time of year, but deer are especially active in the fall during their mating season,” said Wayne Rosenthal, director of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.  “Motorists should be on the alert for deer near roadways during early morning and evening hours, especially near wooded areas, field edges and waterways.”

If you do hit a deer, pull off to the shoulder and turn on the hazard lights. Call 911 to report the accident so the appropriate law enforcement can assist. Do not get out of the vehicle to check on an injured deer or pull it from the road. You can visit the IDNR website for information on how to claim a deer that has been involved in a crash.

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AFSCME questions recent Illinois Corrections decisions

AFSCME officials say safety at Illinois Correctional facilities needs some serious correcting. AFSCME, which represents corrections officers, reports inmate attacks on state employees have surged 51 percent since 2015. Two years ago, there were 541 assaults. AFSCME projects that number will hit 819 based on assaults so far this year. AFSCME Council 31's Anders Lindall believes the expansion of inmates eligible for minimum security accommodations has played a major role...
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Lindall says the state had previously maintained strict standards for inmates who were held in minimum security lockups like the facility in the Quad Cities....
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Corrections officials say inmates are only transferred to lower-level security prisons when their progress and behavior warrants.

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Upcoming Extension Webinar


An age-friendly community enables people of all ages to actively participate in activities and treats everyone with respect, regardless of their age. More communities are making commitments to become age-friendly - adapting their structures and services to the needs of their ageing populations. During this October 26th Age Friendly Community webinar, Wendy Bartlo, Center for Health, Aging, and Disability (CHAD) University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will discuss the process they are using to help her community prepare for upcoming demographic shifts with regard to older adults.  Wendy completed her doctorate in anthropology and a pre-doctoral fellowship in gerontology at Wayne State University in Detroit, where she spent two years researching the lives of older adults in Detroit neighborhoods. This webinar will explore her research and the work she is doing to help move Champaign-Urbana into the AARP and World Health Organization's network of age friendly communities, as well as present her suggestions on what makes a community livable for residents of all ages.  This webinar is free, but pre-registration is required. Register online at University of Illinois Extension’s website: web.extension.illinois.edu/hmrs or call your local Extension office Rock Island County (309) 756-9978, Mercer County (309) 582-5106 or Henry/Stark County (309) 932-3447.

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Ten Years Brings Fewer Teen Driving Fatalities in Illinois and Iowa

 

This week marks the tenth anniversary of National Teen Driver Safety Week, And things look much different than they did ten years ago. Though it is tragic to lose even one young person in a car crash, in the United States the numbers have decreased nearly 43 percent in the past decade. In 2015, 4,308 teens were involved in fatal crashes compared to 7,500 in 2005*.

That information according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

 

In Illinois, the number of teens involved in fatal car crashes has gone down by 45%, 239 in 2005 compared to 132 in 2015. In Iowa, crashes are down 42%, 86 in 2005 compared to 50 in 2015.

 

Studies from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) attribute reductions in crash deaths to strong Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) programs. Nearly all states have substantially strengthened their GDL laws over the past twenty years. Strong GDL laws consist of: minimum age of 16 for a learner’s permit, a six-month holding period, supervised driving requirement, nighttime driving restriction, passenger restriction, cell phone restriction, and a minimum age of 18 for an unrestricted license.

 

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Roadwork In Moline Begins Today

 

16th Street between 23rd and 28th Avenue

Centennial Contractors will be patching pavement at 16th Street between 23rd and 28th Avenue beginning Tuesday October 17, 2017, weather permitting.  Project’s estimated completion date is the week of November 10th 2017.

 

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City of Bettendorf Receives $150,000 Grant

The City of Bettendorf has been awarded a grant of $150,000 from Resource Enhancement and Protection (REAP).  REAP invests in projects that enhance and protect the Iowa’s natural and cultural resources. 15% of REAP is set aside for grants to cities for projects that help establish natural areas, encourage outdoor recreation and resource management.

 

The grant money will be used for continuing restoration efforts of the natural areas at Forest Grove Park, 100-acre park site in northeast Bettendorf.  This is part of an ongoing project to enhance and restore the woodland and floodplain areas in this rapidly developing park. The first phase of the park was dedicated last fall. It is anticipated that at least some of the natural areas will be ready to be open for public access by the fall of 2018. These funds will compliment work being done by the City to help eliminate the many invasive species of plants, repair various areas of erosion, and enhance the wildlife habitat in this area. The park borders Forest Avenue to the south, I-80 to the north and is situated about ½ mile east of Middle Road in this rapidly developing section of Bettendorf.

 

In its 28 years, REAP has benefited every county in Iowa by supporting over 15,000 projects. REAP has funded these projects with $300 million in state investments, leveraging two to three times the amount in private, local, and federal dollars.  Collectively, these projects have improved the quality of life for all Iowans with better soil and water quality; added outdoor recreation opportunities; sustained economic development; enhanced knowledge and understanding of our ecological and environmental assets, and preservation of our cultural and historic treasures. Since 1991, Scott County has received over $5,000,000 in funds from the REAP program and the City of Bettendorf alone has received over $1,000,000 in REAP funds to assist with enhancing the City’s natural resources.

 

The City of Bettendorf takes great pride in providing great quality of life amenities for our citizens and this is another example of the diverse parks in Bettendorf that help make it a place people want to live in.

 

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Bustos Comments On Trump Health Care Decision

“President Trump directly promised there would be ‘insurance for everybody’ and health care would be a ‘lot less expensive.’ His decision to take away funding that millions of Americans rely on to see a doctor is the very definition of a broken promise. There is no gray area here. When Americans see their health insurance bills increasing and lose access to quality care, it will be because of Donald Trump and Washington Republicans. I call on my colleagues in the Republican majority to stand up to President Trump and Speaker Ryan by working with us to stop the president from taking this action. Instead of sticking millions of Americans with skyrocketing health care costs, Republicans should work across the aisle to lower the cost of coverage and expand access to more Americans.”

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Early Friday Morning Fire In Bettendorf

At 1:19 a.m. this morning, the Bettendorf Fire Department responded to a fully involved trailer fire at the Valley Trailer Court, 5425 Valley Drive.  Firefighters were notified that there was a man inside the trailer. They arrived on scene at 1:23 a.m. 

 

Crews made a entry into the trailerThe victim was located,removed, and transported to Genesis East.  The victim’s identity is being confirmed at this time.  The fire was under control at 1:37 a.m.and hotspots were extinguished at 2:11 a.m. 

 

The Iowa State Fire Marshal was notified and will assist in the investigation.

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IDOT Seeks Input On Rest Areas

The Illinois Department of Transportation is asking for the public’s help in developing a plan that will determine the best use of the state’s rest areas. An online survey, accessible at idot.illinois.gov, is available through Sunday, Oct. 29.

“Many of our rest areas have reached a point where it’s time to evaluate their future,” said Illinois Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn. “The feedback this survey provides us will be incredibly valuable. We hope as many people as possible participate so our rest areas can better reflect the changing needs of today’s travelers.”

Paper copies of the online survey are available at select rest areas throughout the state. They also can be mailed upon request by calling (402) 399-1405.

The 20-question survey seeks feedback on how travelers currently use Illinois rest areas, their level of satisfaction with the rest areas they visit, the location of the rest areas and how important certain features are to them.

IDOT maintains a system of 30 rest areas and 11 welcome centers on highways throughout the state, serving more than 36 million visitors annually. They are open 24 hours a day and feature restroom facilities, picnic areas, lighted walkways, maps, security cameras, parking for recreational vehicles and commercial trucks, among other services.

For more information on Illinois’ rest locations, visit IDOT’s Rest Areas and Welcome Centers webpage here.

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Run, Walk the BHC Campus Nov. 11 in 5K Hustle

 

Come run or walk the rolling hills and scenic roads of Black Hawk College on Saturday, Nov. 11 in the Black Hawk College 5K Hustle.

 

The road race will be at 8 a.m. at the college’s Quad-Cities Campus, 6600 34th Ave., Moline. Registration is $20 through Wednesday, Nov. 1 and $25 after Nov. 1. Packet pickup and race day registration will be from 6:45-7:45 a.m. in the Sustainable Technologies Building (park in Lot 1 off 70th Street).

 

The event will benefit the BHC Physical Therapist Assistant Program.

 

For more information, visit www.bhc.edu/hustle.

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Aggravated Kidnapping in Molilne

 

 

On October 8th, 2017, Moline Police responded to the Genesis Hospital-Illini Campus for report of an incident that occurred in the 4500 block of 27th Street, Moline.

 

The victim reported that she was in her vehicle when a male subject forced his way into her car, while being armed with a knife.

 

During the struggle the victim received a laceration to her arm. The male then forced the victim to drive him to a rural Rock Island County location.

 

The victim, who had a valid permit to carry a concealed weapon, was able to reach her firearm when they stopped in rural Rock Island County. The male then fled the area on foot and the victim transported herself to the hospital to receive treatment for the injury to her arm and contact Moline Police.

 

As a result of the investigation, Moline Police and Rock Island County State’s Attorney’s Office has charged Floyd R. May, 61 year old, Moline resident with: Aggravated Kidnapping, Aggravated Battery with a Weapon, Unlawful use of a Weapon by a Felon and Aggravated Assault.

 

Floyd May is in custody $550,000 bond at the Rock Island County Jail. 

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Volunteers are needed for cleanup days in Bettendorf.

The first project will take place at Pigeon Creek Park on Saturday, October 21 from 9:00 a.m. - Noon. Volunteers will be cleaning out invasive plants, pruning trees, and picking up garbage in the park. The park is located along the Mississippi River at 6729 Shutters Lane. Directions: Take US67 east to Shoreline Drive, turn right and head south to Marigil Lane. Turn left on Marigil and back along the river to the park.

The second project will take place on Saturday, October 28 from 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. at Edgewood Park at 1400 23rd Street. Volunteers and staff will be planting, staking, and mulching 28 trees in the park. Volunteers are asked to bring shovel or rake. Tools will be provided to those who cannot bring their own.

The third project will take place on Saturday, November 11 from 9:00 a.m. – Noon. Volunteers will be pruning and mulching the existing trees at Edgewood and Lincoln Parks.  Volunteers are asked to bring a pair of pruning loppers or tree saw. Tools will be provided to those who cannot bring their own.

Volunteers are encouraged to wear clothing appropriate for the weather, bring work gloves if possible, and be prepared to get a little dirty

For more information contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 563-344-4113.

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Fire Prevention Week

– The Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) today kicks off National Fire Prevention Week 2017. Governor Rauner proclaimed October 8 through October 14 as Fire Prevention Week in Illinois to encourage residents to learn and prepare for emergency situations.

This year the theme is “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out.” Firefighters across the state will be visiting schools to teach students the importance of fire safety. In fire emergencies, seconds can mean the difference between life and death. It is crucial to have an escape plan in place for your home. Each occupant should know multiple exits and paths to safety.

“Fire is everyone’s fight and can occur in any building,” said Fire Marshal Matt Perez. “Al-ways be aware of your surroundings whether you are at home or at work. Have a plan A and plan B in case of emergency. This October, please take the time to prepare and protect your-self and your family.”

The National Fire Protection Association recommends the following:

• Draw a map of your home that clearly identifies pathways to two exits.
• Practice your home fire drill twice a year – one at night and one during the day – with everyone in the family.
• Teach children how to escape on their own in case you can’t help them.
• Clearly mark your home so fire departments and first responders can find it easily.
• Close doors behind you as you leave to slow the spread of smoke and fire. 
• Once you get outside, stay outside. Never go back inside a burning building.


In 2016, fires occurred in more than 15,000 homes in Illinois. Additionally, Illinois fire de-partments reported over 500 civilian fire-related injuries and 121 civilian fatalities.

For additional information about National Fire Prevention Week, please go to the NFPA website.

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Iowa Supreme Court to Hear Oral Arguments in Davenport

On Thursday, October 12, the Iowa Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Davenport, Iowa. The proceeding will take place in Davenport Central High School Performing Arts Center, 1120 Main Street. The oral arguments are open to the public and will begin at 7 p.m.

The court will hear attorneys argue in the following case:

State of Iowa v. Carlos Ariel Gomez Garcia, case no. 15-1543, from Scott County District Court

Defendant Carlos Garcia is able to read and understand the English language and sought to waive the assistance of court interpreters at his trial on drug related charges.  Defendant believed that the presence of interpreters would be distracting and confusing to him and could be unfairly prejudicial to him during a jury trial. The trial court ordered the interpreters to remain present on a standby basis throughout the trial, whereupon defendant waived his right to a jury trial, and the trial court ultimately found him guilty on the drug charges.  The Iowa Court of Appeals determined that the trial court erred in refusing to accept Garcia's knowing and voluntary waiver of interpreter services and reversed his convictions and ordered a new trial.  The State argues on further review before the Iowa Supreme Court that improperly denying a waiver of interpreter services does not fundamentally affect the fairness of the proceedings and does not warrant automatic reversal of a criminal conviction.

Attorneys' briefs for the case, the court of appeals decision, and a guide to oral arguments are posted on the Iowa Judicial Branch website at: http://www.iowacourts.gov/About_the_Courts/Supreme_Court/Davenport/

A public reception with the supreme court justices will follow the oral arguments in the school cafeteria.

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IDOT Seeks Feedback on Illinois Rest Areas

The Illinois Department of Transportation is asking for the public’s help in developing a plan that will determine the best use of the state’s rest areas. An online survey, accessible at idot.illinois.gov, is available through Sunday, Oct. 29.

“Many of our rest areas have reached a point where it’s time to evaluate their future,” said Illinois Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn. “The feedback this survey provides us will be incredibly valuable. We hope as many people as possible participate so our rest areas can better reflect the changing needs of today’s travelers.”

Paper copies of the online survey are available at select rest areas throughout the state. They also can be mailed upon request by calling (402) 399-1405.

The 20-question survey seeks feedback on how travelers currently use Illinois rest areas, their level of satisfaction with the rest areas they visit, the location of the rest areas and how important certain features are to them.

IDOT maintains a system of 30 rest areas and 11 welcome centers on highways throughout the state, serving more than 36 million visitors annually. They are open 24 hours a day and feature restroom facilities, picnic areas, lighted walkways, maps, security cameras, parking for recreational vehicles and commercial trucks, among other services.

For more information on Illinois’ rest locations, visit IDOT’s Rest Areas and Welcome Centers webpage here.

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Cyber Security Month

Most people spend several hours each day online for work, pleasure or both. The widespread usage of computers, laptops, smartphones and tablets offers countless opportunities to connect with information and people around the world. It also provides myriad opportunities for cyber criminals.

Governor Bruce Rauner has proclaimed October National Cybersecurity Awareness Month to highlight the importance of understanding and avoiding cyber risks. During October, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) is joining with county and municipal emergency management agencies to increase awareness of online risks and provide tips on what people can do to prevent problems.

“Computers and mobile devices give us access to a wealth of information and help us connect with people near and far,” said IEMA Director James K. Joseph. “Unfortunately, there are people out there who continuously seek ways to cause harm and create havoc through these devices. The best way to defend against cyber attacks is by arming yourself with information about the risks and learning steps you can take to reduce the chance of being a victim of cybercrime.”

Joseph said the Ready Illinois website at www.Ready.Illinois.gov provides links to information and tips to help people minimize the risk of being a cybercrime victim. Some of those tips include the following:

• Configure your computer securely Use privacy and security settings in your software, email system and web browsers. Regularly update your anti-virus software to identify and thwart new strains of malicious software.
 Keep software and operating systems updated Install all software updates as soon as they are offered; using the “auto update” setting is the best way to ensure timely updates.
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Use strong passwords Cybercriminals use automated programs that will try every word in the dictionary in a few minutes. When creating a password, use at least 10 characters, with a combination of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers and symbols.
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Be cautious about links and attachments Even communications you receive that appear to be from friends and family may contain links to malicious sites, so be careful when clicking on links in those messages. When in doubt, delete it.

“Cybersecurity is no longer just an IT issue – it is a public safety issue,” stated Kirk Lonbom, Interim Secretary at Illinois Department of Innovation & Technology. “The month of October provides an excellent opportunity to raise awareness of cybersecurity risks and promote online safety.

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Black Hawk College hosting Fall Ag Visit Day Nov. 3

 

Black Hawk College on Friday, Nov. 3 for a day focused on agriculture at Fall Ag Visit Day at the college’s East Campus.

 

The event will showcase the East Campus’ agriculture, animal science, auto mechanics, equine, veterinary assisting/technology and welding programs.

 

Prospective students and their parents are invited to take a campus tour, meet faculty, students and alumni, and participate in breakout sessions and hands-on activities. Lunch will be provided.

 

Black Hawk College East Campus is located five miles south of Kewanee.

 

RSVP by Friday, Oct. 2at www.bhc.edu/go. For more information, call 309-854-1724.

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State Fire Marshal Recognizes National Fire Prevention Week

The Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) today kicks off National Fire Prevention Week 2017. Governor Rauner proclaimed October 8 through October 14 as Fire Prevention Week in Illinois to encourage residents to learn and prepare for emergency situations.
This year the theme is “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out.” Firefighters across the state will be visiting schools to teach students the importance of fire safety. In fire emergencies, seconds can mean the difference between life and death. It is crucial to have an escape plan in place for your home. Each occupant should know multiple exits and paths to safety.

“Fire is everyone’s fight and can occur in any building,” said Fire Marshal Matt Perez. “Al-ways be aware of your surroundings whether you are at home or at work. Have a plan A and plan B in case of emergency. This October, please take the time to prepare and protect your-self and your family.”

The National Fire Protection Association recommends the following:

• Draw a map of your home that clearly identifies pathways to two exits.
• Practice your home fire drill twice a year – one at night and one during the day – with everyone in the family.
• Teach children how to escape on their own in case you can’t help them.
• Clearly mark your home so fire departments and first responders can find it easily.
• Close doors behind you as you leave to slow the spread of smoke and fire.
• Once you get outside, stay outside. Never go back inside a burning building.


In 2016, fires occurred in more than 15,000 homes in Illinois. Additionally, Illinois fire de-partments reported over 500 civilian fire-related injuries and 121 civilian fatalities.

For additional information about National Fire Prevention Week, please go to the NFPA website.

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Grain Bin Fire In Walcott

Firefighters from Walcott and three neighboring departments spent hours this morning fighting a grain bin dryer fire at River Valley Cooperative, 101 S. Main St., Walcott.

The fire was reported at about 6:20 a.m., said Joe Hahn, Walcott Fire Department’s second assistant chief. Under Scott County’s automatic mutual aid policy for possible structure fires, he said Blue Grass Fire Department also was dispatched.

Hahn said Walcott firefighters found the upper half of the grain bin dryer burning upon their arrival.

“Walcott then requested that Buffalo Fire Department be dispatched for their ladder truck,” he said.

In the meantime, “Walcott firefighters met with River Valley personnel and said they would empty out the grain bin as soon as possible,” said Hahn.

“The grain bin was being emptied when Buffalo Fire Department arrived with its ladder truck,” Hahn said. “But it was determined Buffalo’s 50-foot ladder was not tall enough.”

So at that time Walcott Fire Department requested Davenport Fire Department’s 100-foot platform ladder truck.

When the platform ladder truck from Davenport Fire Department arrived at the scene, it was put into service and Davenport firefighters “assisted us in cutting holes in the grain bin. At that time Davenport firefighters were able to put out the fire, and everything was contained,” Hahn said.

Walcott firefighters were still on the scene, assisting River Valley personnel with cleanup, at 11 this morning.

Hahn said no injuries were reported, and no damage estimate is available at this time. He thanked the firefighters from Blue Grass, Buffalo and Davenport for assisting.

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ITEP Applications Now Accepted

 The Illinois Department of Transportation is now accepting applications online for the 2018 Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program.

 

Applications will be accepted through Dec. 1, 2017. Approximately $40 million will be awarded this cycle, and each awardee may receive up to $2 million per project.

 

The ITEP is a federally funded, competitive grant program that promotes alternate modes of transportation such as bike trails and streetscapes. Local matching funds are required, and eligible project sponsors or local entities with taxing authority may apply. All ITEP funds must be fully obligated within four years of award notification.

 

For more information, please visit the ITEP website or email  DOT.ITEP@Illinois.gov.

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Trout Release Set For October 14

 

 

Scott County, Iowa

Saturday, October 14th

Trout Release

Plan to be at West Lake Park, Lake of the Hills, Gate 1 at 10:30am.  2,000 rainbow trout will be released with 200 tagged giving you a chance to win a great prize!  There will also be raffle prizes where any person at the event has a chance of winning a prize*. Several sponsors will be available along with DNR staff to answer questions and help you learn about fish, habitats, and identification. Be sure to have your license, trout permit and appropriate gear. Iowa rules and regulations can be found on the Iowa DNR website.

 *Prizes available on the day of the event until 2:30pm ONLY.

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Host For The Price Is Right LIve Anounced

The Price Is Right Live™ is thrilled to have Mark L. Walberg, host of Antiques Roadshow, hosting the stage show at Adler Theatre on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

  Tickets ($33.50, $43.50, $53.50) are on sale now at the Adler Theatre Box Office (136 E. 3rd St.), online at Ticketmaster.com, and by phone at 800-745-3000.

 

Mark L. Walberg, who has hosted game shows for the last decade, started his television career as an assistant at Dick Clark Productions.  He quickly moved in front of the camera as the announcer for the popular game show Shop Til You Drop and then as host of Burnt Toast, a sports magazine show on ESPN. It was there that the late Brandon Tartikoff noticed his work, and that association produced the

nationally syndicated The Mark Walberg Show.  Since then, Walberg has hosted and been featured in an array of popular talk, reality competition, and game shows.

 

The Price Is Right Live™ is the hit interactive stage show that gives eligible individuals the chance to "Come On Down" and play classic games from television's longest running and most popular game show.  Contestants can win cash, appliances, vacations and possibly even a new car by playing favorites like Plinko™, Cliffhangers™, The Big Wheel™, and the fabulous Showcase.  The Price Is Right is produced by FremantleMedia North America and licensed by FremantleMedia.

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Youngsters Cause Quite a Disturbance in Davenport

On Sunday October 8, 2017 at approximately 10:59PM officers responded to the area of 1100 W 13th Street reference to a shots fired call. Officers arriving on scene met with witnesses who provided a detailed description of suspects and an involved vehicle. Officers were also informed by the witnesses that they had been shot at during the course of a robbery.

 

Officers quickly located the vehicle in the area of 17th and Marquette Street and attempted a traffic stop. The vehicle fled from officers and a short vehicle pursuit ensued. Officers were able to apply a Pursuit Intervention Technique (PIT Maneuver) in the area of 12th and Myrtle Street where the vehicle was ultimately stopped.

 

Three male juveniles were apprehended without incident. One male juvenile (13 years of age) of Davenport was charged with Robbery 1st Degree, Theft 1st , Felony Eluding and several traffic charges. A second male juvenile (14 years of age) of Davenport was charged with Robbery 1st and Theft 1st ; and the last male juvenile (12 years of age) from Rock Island was charged with Robbery 1st and Theft 1st .

 

The vehicle operated by the suspect(s) was reported stolen on October 7, 2017 from Northwest Davenport. No injuries were reported. Two Squad cars and the stolen vehicle all sustained moderate damage. 

 

No further information is available at this time. Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to call the Davenport Police Department at 563 326-6125 or submit an anonymous tip via the mobile app entitled “CityConnect Davenport, IA” or “CrimeReports by Motorola”.

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World Adventure Series Starts Tuesday At The Putnam

 

Take a trip to “the top of the world,” surround yourself in wilderness country and discover the beauty of deserts in the 2017-2018 World Adventure Series, a series of documentaries that takes viewers on a trip around the globe, returning to the Putnam Tuesday, Oct. 10.

“Our World Adventure Series takes guests on a six-story tall trip around the world,” says Kim Findlay, president and CEO. “What better way to experience these countries, cultures and lifestyles than on the GIANT Screen?”

The World Adventure Series will kick off on Tuesday, Oct. 10 with each documentary showing at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Tickets for the complete series are $37.50 for adults or $32.50 for adult Putnam members and $30 for youth or $25 for youth members. Individual documentary tickets can also be purchased for $8.50 for adults or $7 for youth.

The complete World Adventure Series is listed below:

Tuesday, Oct. 10 –Tibet: A Light in the Darkness

Tuesday, Nov. 14 –Superior, Land of the Woodland Drummer

Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018 –The Lure & Lore of Deserts

Tuesday, Mar. 27, 2018 –Promised Land: Adventures in the Middle East

Tuesday, Apr. 10, 2018 –Guatemala, Land of the Maya

For more information about the World Adventure Series and to purchase tickets, visit Putnam.org or call 563-324-1933.

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Harvest Season And Driving Challenges

The harvest season can create some driving challenges for motorists and keeping a sharp eye peeled to the road is especially critical at this time of the year.

Illinois State Police Trooper Jason Wilson from District 7 in East Moline says some drivers see things differently than others…

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Congressman Davis wants closer look at bump stocks

After the tragedy in Las Vegas, Congressman Rodney Davis wants to see a closer look at laws governing bump stock technology. That weapons modification was apparently used in the attack on the Vegas strip outdoor concert where 59 were killed and more than 500 were wounded. Bump stocks allow gun users to legally simulate a fully automatic weapon even though fully automatic weapons have been off limits to the general public for the last three decades. Davis has signed onto a letter to asking the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) to review the law regarding bump stock technology. Davis says he hadn't heard of bump stocks until the Vegas incident. He says There is no place for politics in this debate or knee-jerk reactions, but I believe we can have a thoughtful, non-partisan discussion about the facts. To be clear, those who believe that gun control or one law is going to put an end to mass shootings are, unfortunately, severely shortsighted. As someone who experienced gun violence a few months ago, I know all too well that this is a much larger issue of hate, of mental illness, and of evil and we cannot lose sight of that.”
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People can submit tips anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers at 788-8427 or they can submit a tip online at www.cashfortips.us. Tips can also be sent by text. Type TIP672 plus a message and send to CRIMES. Informants are eligible for cash rewards of up to $2,500, in all crimes except homicides. Tips leading to arrest(s) in any homicide in Sangamon or Menard counties will pay up to $5,000.

- An Illinois man known for honoring the victims of mass shootings around the country installed 58 white crosses on the Las Vegas Strip on Thursday. Greg Zanis drove nearly 2,000 miles from the Chicago area to put up the crosses on a patch of grass near the iconic "Welcome to Las Vegas" sign, not far from the site of the country music festival where the massacre took place on Sunday night.

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Western Illinois native returns home to open for Stapleton

Western Illinois native Margo Price returns home to open for Chris Stapleton. The concert was Thursday night at the TaxSlayer Center in Moline. Price says Las Vegas will continue to be on the mind of the music industry for many days to come.
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Price is a 2001 Aledo High School graduate. Her career took off last year—making appearances on such shows as Conan, Jimmy Fallon and Saturday Night Live. 

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Public Urged To Get Their Flu Shot


    The Henry and Stark County Health Departments are pleased to announce that they have received their supply of "Seasonal" flu vaccine.  Seasonal influenza "flu" is a contagious disease that spreads around the United States every winter, usually between October and May.

 

     RaeAnn Tucker, Director of Health Promotion states, "This year's flu shot is now available through the Department's two clinic office locations in Kewanee (Route 78 South) and Colona (103 1st St.).  In addition, our staff will be going out to offer an extensive schedule of area community and worksite flu clinics beginning in early October.

 

     According to the CDC, flu activity most commonly peaks in the US in January or February; so this is a great time to get your seasonal flu shot.  These community clinics are for adults 18 years of age and older only.

 

    The Health Department is pleased to be offering this year's flu shot at a reduced rate of $27.  In addition, flu shots may be administered at no-charge to those who have Medicare Part-B and some insurance plans are accepted.  You must, however, bring your Medicare and/or Insurance card with you in order to receive the shots. 

 

      Flu vaccination is recommended every year.  Flu viruses are always changing.  Each year's vaccine is made to protect against three or four viruses that are likely to cause disease that year.  Flu vaccine cannot prevent all cases of the flu but it is the best defense against the disease.

 

      RaeAnn Tucker, Director of Health Promotion notes, "This year the Health Department is pleased to announce that we will be administering the 4-component Quadrivalent Seasonal Flu shot at all our upcoming community flu clinics and through our clinic locations in Kewanee and Colona. We believe this vaccine is going to give our area residents the most comprehensive protection from the Influenza this year. The 2017-2018 flu vaccine will protect against influenza A/Michigan (H1N1 -like virus), A/Hong Kong (H3N2-like virus), and influenza B/Brisbane (B/Victoria lineage) virus, and influenza B/Phuket (B/Yamagata lineage) virus.

 

    Tucker adds notes, "We are encouraging everyone 6 months of age and older to get vaccinated against the flu this year.  People at high risk of serious flu complications are strongly encouraged to be vaccinated.  These "at-risk" persons include small children, pregnant women, people with chronic health problems like asthma, diabetes, smokers, heart and lung disease, health care workers, and people 65 years and older."

 

     For children 6mos-18 years of age, please contact the Health Department at (309) 852-5272 for for pricing and availability information.

 

    The Health Department reminds individuals to practice flu preventative measures;  Clean hands frequently, Cover your nose and mouth when coughing, and Contain spread of the flu virus by staying home when you are ill.

 

    For more information on obtaining the Seasonal Flu Shot or the date and time of the Community Flu Shot Clinic nearest you, call the Department at (309) 852-0197 or 792-4011 (Henry) and 852-3115 (Stark) or visit our website at www.henrystarkhealth.com or find us on Facebook at Henry and Stark County Health Departments, or Follow Us On Twitter.

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Bustos Votes Against Budget Plan

 Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (D-IL) voted against Speaker Ryan’s Republican budget plan which would give massive tax breaks to billionaires at the expense of hardworking families.

 

“Instead of presenting a budget that will strengthen working families, Washington Republicans voted to give massive tax breaks to billionaires,” said Congresswoman Bustos. “This budget lays the groundwork for deep cuts to programs our seniors depend on such as Medicaid, Social Security - it even raises the Medicare eligibility age. At a time when so many across the heartland are struggling, their budget even raises taxes on working families. It's deeply disappointing to see such a partisan agenda moving forward when we should be working on bipartisan solutions to put hardworking families first again.”

The Republican budget calls for:

 

·         A $1.1 trillion dollar cut to Medicaid over ten years.

·         $487 billion in Medicare cuts over ten years.

·         An increase in Medicare eligibility age to 67.

·         Replacing Medicare’s guaranteed benefits for future retirees with vouchers toward the purchase of a private health plan or traditional Medicare. 

·         A cut in Social Security Disability Insurance benefits, which it describes as “a first step” to Social Security reform.

·         $50 billion in mandatory cuts to veterans’ benefits over the next ten years.

·         An average of $230,000 in annual tax cuts to millionaires.

·         Less than 10 percent of its benefits will go to households earning less than $100,000.

 

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Drought Having Minimal Impacts on Markets

Central Illinois is in a moderate drought but Doug Gucker, University of Illinois Extension small farms educator, notes the drought is very limited in a section that spans from Missouri to Illinois and Iowa.
Gucker says the localized drought is not impacting the markets because it isn't widespread.

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Gucker says this is going to leave a lot of Illinois farmers wondering why prices aren't reflecting their yield numbers this harvest season. 

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ISP Offers Fitness Training

 The Illinois State Police (ISP) announces a Physical Fitness Inventory Test (PFIT) seminar will be held on October 14, 2017, at the ISP Training Academy in Springfield.  The primary purpose of the seminar is to provide hands-on instruction on how to successfully pass the ISP PFIT.  

The PFIT is a tool that is designed to measure fitness activities that are related to law enforcement tasks.  It assesses the fitness level of individuals based on four dimensions: flexibility, dynamic strength, absolute strength and cardiovascular respiratory fitness.  Passing the PFIT is one of the requirements for becoming an ISP Trooper.  

Certified ISP Physical Fitness Monitors will provide hands-on instruction and demonstrations on how to successfully complete the PFIT.  This is an opportunity for individuals interested in becoming ISP Troopers to become educated and proficient in the PFIT.  Those attending the seminar should wear proper workout attire and bring a bottle of water.

Those interested in attending the seminar should RSVP to Special Agent Melissa Uhles by October 10, 2017.  Special Agent Uhles can be reached by telephone at (217) 785-4370 or email at Melissa_Uhles@isp.state.il.us.

The seminars are not affiliated with the ISP Merit Board or the ISP hiring process. There are no fees associated with the seminar.  

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"Regional Festival to Return"

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>   The Greater QUAD CITIES RENAISSANCE FAIRE is being revived for a return to the QC metro area. It will take place at the Illiniwek Forest Preserve campgrounds, just north of Hampton, IL., on October 7th & 8th from 11am to 6pm.
>   It will showcase regional touring stage acts and historical re-enactors from through-out the Upper Midwest. The festival features Joust Evolution, the region’s premiere equestrian stunt show, and Fandazzi Fire Circus, the most popular act at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival. Other top headliners will be Shattock Schoole of Defense, Stulto Mori Royal Court, Guardians of the Black Forest, Clan MacSwade, ELIL Recorder Quartet, the Society for Creative Anachronisms, Lord Drake’s Mystical Magic, minstrel Albrecht von Aachen, Evengard Improv, Olskipan Viking Village, Faery Queen Titania, the Forking Queen, Pope Malarky & Sister Shamrock. This gathering of such unique types of performers can only be found at such “renaissance" events.
>   This rendition of the festival will be enhanced in the form of a rare co-production by two of the Midwest’s most active event entrepreneurs. That will be Gregory Schmidt of Festivals International, who is also on the production team of the up-coming Davenport-based comedy movie series CASTLE SIEGE with Folker Films, and Mike Amos of Midwest Festivals, who also produces the popular Iowa Renaissance Festival at the Amana Colonies. Together, they plan to bring back the area’s Renaissance faire to establish it as both a Spring and Fall presentation.
>   Additional hi-lights of this unusual form of edutainment will include an artisan crafters merchant village, selling a wide variety of hand-made goods from jewelry to collector swords.
>   There will be a food court and beer garden with numerous delectables and libations. Most all of the foods will be cooked fresh on-site.
>   The focus of the faire will be for the enjoyment of all age groups. Children’s entertainment will hold many options with a faerie court, magic show, lawn games, kiddie archery, costume contests, comedy shows, strolling theatricals, pony rides, face-painters and treasure hunts.
>   Historical demonstrations and hands-on activities will involve various components such as two outdoor living history museum encampments, archery, knife & axe tossing, coin-making, fiber weaving, wood working, and henna body art.
>   Admission to the Greater QUAD CITIES RENAISSANCE FAIRE is $10 for adults, $5 for kids from 5 to 15, with tots free. A two-day pass for adults will be $15, and parking will be free.
>   To review the entire entertainment and merchant roster go to 
www.quadcitiesrenfaire.com or for site directions go to www.ricfpd.org. *The festival will be held along a scenic stretch of the mighty Mississippi on the west side of Hwy. #84.
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Senator Dick Durbin reflects on Vegas tragedy

Senator Dick Durbin has weighed in on the tragic events in Las Vegas. After his colleague Connecticut Democrat Chris Murphy called for an end to what he called legislative indifference, Durbin isn't outlining any specific gun legislation but he believes its a time for action...
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Durbin also saluted first responders in his remarks on the Senate Floor...
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On Twitter, Durbin said "The notion that there’s no way to prevent gun violence is false—and without action to stop gun attacks, Congress is complicit in them. There’s a tendency in Congress to debate how the latest attack could have been prevented. But what are we doing to prevent the next attack??

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Police Investigating Threats at North High School

The Davenport Police Department is aware of and has been monitoring threats that have been posted on Social Media regarding a possible shooting at North High School. We are following up on this information and have been in contact with Administrators from the Davenport School District. We are working together to ensure the safety of all students. Similar posts have been made in the Des Moines area and we are also working with those agencies to determine if there are any connections to these threats made on social media. Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to call the Davenport Police Department at 563-326-6125 or submit an anonymous tip via the mobile app entitled “CityConnect Davenport, IA” or
“CrimeReports by Motorola”.

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Hennepin Hundred This Weekend

The Hennepin Hundred will be ran this coming Saturday and Sunday with teams of runners travelling from the Sterling/Rock Falls area to the 100 mile finish line near Colona.

Michele Hartwig is the Race Director with Ornery Mule Racing and she says that runners can cover either 50 or 100 miles in total…

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The event is co-sponsored by Trails for Illinois and their Executive Director Steve Buchtel points out that because the state of Illinois starves all of its parks and trails for funding, many runners and walkers will choose to leave the state to find other great trails.

In part, it’s the awareness of that situation that prompts the need for the Hennepin Hundred…

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The event is at capacity for runners and those runners already involved are raising funds that will be used for improvements on the Hennepin Canal Trail….

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Further information on the event at hennepinhundred.com 

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Scott County Republicans' Ninth Annual Ronald Reagan Dinner

 

The Scott County Republican Party will be holding their Ninth Annual Ronald Reagan Dinner on October 10, 2017 at the Quad Cities Waterfront Convention Center, Bettendorf, Iowa with the doors opening at 5 pm. The feature speaker will be Senator Joni Ernst giving a DC Congressional update.

 

Other special guest speakers will be Lt. Governor Adam Gregg, Iowa Senate President Jack Whitver, Iowa State Auditor Mary Mosiman, Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate, and Iowa GOP Chair Jeff Kaufmann.

 

The Ronald Reagan Dinner, which began in 2009, is held to benefit local Scott County Republican candidates and campaigns.  The deadline for tickets is Thursday, October 5and can be purchased online at www.scottcountyrepublicans.org.

 

"I'm thrilled to see old and new friends at the Scott County Republicans' Ronald Reagan Dinner next week," said Senator Ernst. "I'm looking forward to visiting with folks about the issues that matter most to them - from repealing and replacing ObamaCare, to reforming our complicated and costly tax code, to ensuring America remains a strong, stabilizing force around the globe - and discussing the best path forward now and for generations to come."

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Tuesday Fire In Bettendorf

 At approximately 2:06 p.m Tuesday, the Bettendorf Fire, Rescue & Emergency Services Department was dispatched to a fire at Glendale Mobile Home Park, 3624 State Street.  Upon arrival smoke was coming out of the vent openings in the mobile home.  The fire began in the bedroom and caused heavy damage to the bedroom and some damage to the rest of the mobile home. The fire was quickly under control. The owners were not at home at the time. Their dog died in the fire. 

 

No other homes were evacuatedNo other injuries. Riverdale and Rock Island Arsenal Fire Departments each had a unit on scene. 

 

The fire is under investigation.

 

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September Closes Out With Plenty of Heat Records

Hot and dry is a good way of describing the weather in Illinois over the month of September. State Climatologist Jim Angel says it was the fourth driest August through September on record. Now about 80 percent of the state in listed as abnormally dry according to the US Drought Monitor. On top of the dryness, Angel says it’s was also remarkably warm.

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Angel says early warm weather this week will break and bring more seasonable temps to Illinois by the midweek.

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Tax Filling Deadline Rapidly Approaching

The absolute drop dead deadline to file taxes if you owe money is rapidly approaching.

Michael Devine with the Internal Revenue Service says if you filed for an extension, there are few exceptions to avoid penalty after October 16…

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Devine clarifies that if you are due a refund, there is not penalty or deadline at this point…

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BHC closed Oct. 9 for Columbus Day

 

 

All Black Hawk College locations and facilities will be closed Monday, Oct. 9 in observance of Columbus Day.

 

The college will re-open Tuesday, Oct. 10.

 

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New Information in the Trudy Appleby Investigation

The Moline Police Department, with the assistance of Illinois State Police Crime Scene Investigators and Canine Search Solutions are following up on information received regarding the disappearance of Trudy Appleby.

 

During interviews with those associated with the person of interest in this case, information was gathered that directed officers to look for potential evidence in two lots on Campbell’s Island, East Moline.

 

The Moline Police Department contacted Canine Search Solutions out of Wisconsin who brought K9s certified in the detection of human remains, more commonly known as Cadaver Dogs.

Canine Search Solutions certified Human Remains Detection Dog are trained to detect and indicate to the odor of actively decomposing or decomposed human remains, which occurs from the point of immediate death to many years post-mortem.

 

The properties searched are connected to the family of the person of interest.

The K9 Human Remains Detection Dog indicated to the presence of an odor and further investigating will be done on one of the properties.

 

It is important to note the K9 could be alerting human remains or the odor of human remains and not specifically Trudy Appleby. 

 

The family of Trudy Appleby has been informed of the search and is being kept updated throughout the investigation.

 

The Rock Island County State’s Attorney’s office is also aware and monitoring the search.

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Congresswoman Bustos Statement on Las Vegas Mass Shooting

Once again, Americans are waking up to learn of another mass shooting that has claimed the lives of mothers, fathers, sons and daughters - this time at a concert in Las Vegas. I am deeply saddened by this senseless loss of life and will be praying for all of the victims and their families. While there is no single solution that will prevent all mass shootings, as Americans, we must come together and work to do what we can to prevent these kinds of tragedies.”

 

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I80 Body Identified

The individual has been identified as Bobbie Jo Shouse-Byrd, 50yoa of Davenport. This investigation is on going. No further information is available at this time. Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to call the Davenport Police Department at 563 326-6125 or submit an anonymous tip via the mobile app entitled “CityConnect Davenport, IA” or “CrimeReports by Motorola”.


On Thursday September 28, 2017 at approximately 9:15AM Officers from the Scott County Sheriff’s Office, Davenport Police and the Iowa State Patrol responded to the area of Interstate 80 at the Wisconsin Ave. overpass reference to a body being discovered along the Interstate. Westbound traffic on I-80 was diverted for approximately 30 minutes during the initial investigation. Investigators from the Davenport Police Traffic Safety Unit are following up on the incident. No further information is available at this time.Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to call the Davenport Police Department at 563 326-6125 or submit an anonymous tip via the mobile app entitled “CityConnect Davenport, IA” or “CrimeReports by Motorola”.

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iWireless Center Now The Tax Slayer Center

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TaxSlayer, a leading online and professional tax and financial services technology company, today announced it has acquired the naming rights to the Illinois Quad City Civic Center Authority's 12,000 seat multi-purpose arena and conference center located in Moline, Illinois. The venue, formerly known as the iWireless Center, will be renamed TaxSlayer Center on October 1st, 2017. The deal, brokered by Impression Sports & Entertainment, has a total term of 10 years for a full value of over $3.3 million.  

 

"TaxSlayer has experienced rapid growth in the Midwest, and we're thrilled to expand our presence there through this strategic partnership," said Chris Moloney, Chief Marketing Officer, TaxSlayer. "Our company is about radically transforming the way people use technology, allowing our hardworking customers to spend less time on the things they have to do and more on what they want to do. We know our customers are passionate about sports and entertainment, and our sponsorships, including the TaxSlayer Bowl, are key to showing them what we offer and providing support to their local communities." 

 

The Center has hosted thousands of top name artists and events including Neil Diamond, Frank Sinatra, Billy Joel, The Eagles, Van Halen, Cher, Kenny Chesney, Taylor Swift and Luke Bryan. The TaxSlayer Center will be leaping right out of the gate with a strong concert line-up including Chris Stapleton, Matchbox 20, Janet Jackson, Justin Moore and Sir Elton John in its first six weeks under the new name.  

 

"Joining forces with TaxSlayer will help us broaden our exposure and bring major artists and world class performances to our community," said Scott Mullen, TaxSlayer Center's Executive Director. "Working with an established financial technology company also has great optics as we market our venue within the entertainment industry nationally."  

 

The arena is also home base to two professional sports teams, including the Quad City Mallards of the ECHL, a minor league professional ice hockey team with its opening game for the 2017-18 season taking place on October 13th, 2017. Champions Indoor Football team, the Quad City Steamwheelers kick-off their 12-game season in March of 2018.

 

"We are looking forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship with TaxSlayer," said Don Welvaert, Illinois Quad City Civic Center Authority Chairman. "This new partnership is great for our community and will help us maintain our standing as one of the top mid-size arenas in the country." 

 

The Quad Cities region is a large metropolitan area with a population of more than 470,000 locals spread across two states and five cities, including Davenport and Bettendorf in Iowa, and Rock Island, Moline and East Moline in Illinois, making it one of the 100 largest metro areas in the United States.  

 

About TaxSlayer 

TaxSlayer makes life simpler and less stressful for millions of Americans with exceptional, easy-to-use technology. Trusted for over 50 years, TaxSlayer saves business owners, tax professionals and individual consumers time and money with high-quality, high-value financial products. In addition to offering the top-rated tax preparation software, support, and tools, TaxSlayer's products are radically transforming the legal, bookkeeping, and HR/payroll arenas, helping small business owners better serve their customers.   

 

The company successfully completed more than 10 million state and federal e-filed tax returns in 2017, representing a 200% increase over the past three years. TaxSlayer's software was ranked #1 for five straight years in numerous categories, including overall satisfaction by the National Association of Tax Professionals (NATP).

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Strategies For Senior Caregivers Covered in BHC Classes

 

 

The number of people age 65 and older is growing, significantly increasing the need for professional, volunteer or family caregivers.

 

If you work with aging adults or are preparing to care for an aging family member, learn strategies to help you with two Black Hawk College classes.

 

Safety Skills and Safe Environments - Fall Prevention will be Wednesday, Oct. 11.

 

Caring for the Aging Adult with Special Needs will be Wednesday, Oct. 18.

 

Both classes will be from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the college’s Outreach Center in East Moline. Cost is $45 per class.

 

To register, call BHC Professional and Continuing Education at 309-796-8223.

 

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Capturing memories of high school sports

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library’s Oral History Program is proud to release a new collection of interviews telling the story of high school sports in Illinois through the words of students, coaches, referees, broadcasters and administrators.

The project, “Sports Stories: IHSA,” features 54 interviews about activities sanctioned by the Illinois High School Association. Listeners will meet people like:

Football warriorsDorothy Gaters, winner of more than 1,000 basketball games as a coach, explaining the values instilled by participating in sports
Bruce Firchau, a basketball coach for 40 years, describing a breakthrough game for a team with a long history of losing
Peg Kopec, who coached her volleyball teams to 12 state championships, reflecting on the growth of volleyball after the 1972 passage of Title IX legislation
Spalding “Lanny” Slevin sharing stories from a 40-year broadcast career, including an amazing moment between a never-give-up player and an opposing coach
Dan Klett, an athlete who went on to coach and serve as IHSA president, discussing concerns about student safety.

The Illinois High School Association was founded in 1900 and today administers nearly 30 sports, plus student activities such as chess, debate and journalism.

“High school sports play a huge role in the lives of individual students and entire communities. The people involved in sports have fascinating, important stories to share, and our Oral History Program has captured them for generations to come,” said Alan Lowe, executive director of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.

Dr. Mark DePue, head of the presidential library’s Oral History Program, praised volunteer Philip Pogue for conducting the interviews. “Phil has done an amazing job organizing the project and finding the right people to interview. His hard work preserves voices and details that would otherwise be lost to time,” DePue said.

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library’s Oral History Program can be found at www.oralhistory.illinois.gov. The IHSA interviews are listed under “Sports Stories.”

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, at 212 N. Sixth St. in Springfield, is dedicated to telling the story of America’s 16th president through old-fashioned scholarship and modern technology. It also serves as the state historical library.

The library holds an unparalleled collection of Lincoln material, as well as some 12 million items pertaining to other aspects of Illinois history. Meanwhile, the museum uses traditional exhibits, eye-catching special effects and innovative story-telling techniques to educate visitors.

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Domestic Disturbance Leads to Shots Fired

On Thursday September 28th, 2017 at approximately 5:13 pm Davenport Police responded to the 2200 block of West 3rd Street reference a domestic disturbance.  Responding units approached the residence to do a welfare check on the occupant.  Officers heard a gunshot from within the residence and secured the perimeter.  Other police resources responded and located a deceased person inside the front door of the residence.

The Detective Bureau is currently conducting follow-up.  No further information is available at this time.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to call the Davenport Police Department at 563 326-6125 or submit an anonymous tip via the mobile app entitled “CityConnect Davenport, IA” or “CrimeReports by Motorola”.

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IDOT Winter Operations Positions Still Available

 

The Illinois Department of Transportation is seeking workers for temporary jobs to help with snow-and-ice removal this winter in several northwestern Illinois counties in IDOT District 2. These seasonal positions are available for both full-time and on-call work schedules. The deadline to apply is Oct. 10.

The department's annual “snowbird” program requires employees to promptly respond to weather situations, assisting in snow-and-ice control and working in emergency conditions at any time, including weekends, holidays and nights. Applicants must have a commercial driver’s license and submit to a criminal background check. A pre-employment physical, vision testing, and drug and alcohol screening also are required.

Applicants will be selected based on availability, job-related experience and qualifications. Veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. For additional information, including details on pay and the potential for benefits, please visit www.idot.illinois.gov.

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Upcoming Red Cross Blood Drives

The American Red Cross urges eligible donors of all races and ethnicities to give blood to help ensure a diverse blood supply for patients in need.

 

Some blood types are unique to certain racial and ethnic groups, so a diverse blood supply is important to meeting the medical needs of an increasingly diverse patient population.

 

Patients who need repeated transfusions, like 11-year-old Tymia McCullough who has sickle cell disease, must have blood that is matched very closely. Patients are less likely to have complications from blood donated by someone with a similar ethnicity.

 

Donors of all racial and ethnic backgrounds, as well as all blood types, are needed to help

patients fight sickle cell disease, alpha thalassemia and other illnesses. Make an appointment to give blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). To help reduce wait times, donors are encouraged to make appointments and complete the RapidPass online health history questionnaire at redcrossblood.org/RapidPass.

 

Upcoming blood donation opportunities Oct. 1-15

IL

 

Carroll

 

Milledgeville

10/24/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Milledgeville Men's Club, 204 S Main Ave

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Henry

 

Cambridge

9/28/2017: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., St John's Vianney Church, 313 S West Street

 

Colona

10/26/2017: 1:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., St Patrick's Church, 201 First Street

 

Galva

10/10/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 214 N. W.  Second Ave

 

Hooppole

10/9/2017: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., Hooppole Community Center, 1404 Washington St.

 

Kewanee

10/11/2017: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., First Christian Church, 105 Dwight St.

10/18/2017: 7 a.m. - 12 p.m., Kewanee OSF Saint Luke Medical Center, 1051 W. South St.

10/18/2017: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Kewanee OSF Saint Luke Medical Center, 1051 W. South St.

 

Orion

10/26/2017: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Orion High School, 1100 13th

 

Woodhull

10/13/2017: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Woodhull Alwood High School, 301 East 5th

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Lee

 

Dixon

10/17/2017: 9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Katherine Shaw Bethea Hospital, 403 E. First Street

10/17/2017: 1:30 p.m. - 6 p.m., Katherine Shaw Bethea Hospital, 403 E. First Street

10/23/2017: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Sauk Valley Community College Student Government, 173 IL Route 2

 

Paw Paw

10/19/2017: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., Paw Paw High School, 511 Chapman

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Mercer

 

Aledo

10/17/2017: 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., VFW Hall, 106 SW 3rd Ave.

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Rock Island

 

Moline

10/4/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., American Red Cross of Quad Cities, 1100 River Drive, PO Box 888

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Whiteside

 

Fulton

9/26/2017: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Robert Fulton Community Center, 912 4th Street

10/10/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Robert Fulton Community Center, 912 4th Street

10/24/2017: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Robert Fulton Community Center, 912 4th Street

 

Prophetstown

10/9/2017: 11:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Prophetstown-Lyndon-Tampico CUSD #3, 79 Grove St.

10/23/2017: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Prophetstown High School, 310 Riverside

 

Rock Falls

10/4/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Rock Falls Community Building, 601 W. 10th Street

10/18/2017: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Rock Falls Community Building, 601 W. 10th Street

 

Sterling

9/26/2017: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Newman Central Catholic High School, 1101 W. 23rd Street

10/5/2017: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., CGH Medical Center, 100 E. LeFevre Road

10/5/2017: 2 p.m. - 8 p.m., CGH Medical Center, 100 E. LeFevre Road

10/12/2017: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Sterling High School, 1608 4th Ave.

 

How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

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New Bobcat Hunting Rules In IL

 A new state law will allow hunters and trappers to harvest up to 350 bobcats during the 2017-18 Illinois Bobcat Hunting and Trapping Season which opens on Nov. 10.  The legislation making changes in the bobcat season, House Bill 3399, was signed into law on Sept. 22.  

 

Additionally, the new law also changed the list of counties in which it is unlawful to hunt or trap bobcats in the state.  The following counties are prohibited from hunting or trapping bobcats:  Boone, Bureau, Champaign, Cook, DeKalb, DeWitt, DuPage, Ford, Grundy, Henry, Iroquois, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, Knox, Lake, LaSalle, Lee, Livingston, Logan, Marshall, McHenry, McLean, Ogle, Peoria, Piatt, Putnam, Stark, Stephenson, Vermilion, Will, Winnebago, Woodford, and the area north of U.S. Route 36 in Edgar and Douglas counties and north of U.S. Route 36 to the junction with Illinois Route 121 and north or east of Illinois Route 121 in Macon County.

 

Bobcat hunting and trapping season dates are Nov. 10, 2017 through Feb. 15, 2018.

 

Illinois resumed bobcat hunting and trapping during the 2016-17 season.  During the 2016-17 season, the taking of bobcats was prohibited in a northeast quadrant of the state bounded by Interstate 39/U.S. Route 51 on the west and U.S. Route 36 on the south, and was allowed in the remainder of the state.

 

Hunters and trappers may apply for 2017-18 bobcat permits through Sept. 30.  A total of 1,000 permits have been allocated, and a lottery drawing will be conducted as more than 1,000 permit applications have been received.  During last year’s bobcat season, Illinois issued 500 permits and hunters and trappers harvested 141 bobcats, a 28 percent success rate.

 

Applications can be made through the DNR Direct online license and permit system ($5.00 non-refundable application fee) at https://www.il.wildlifelicense.com/start.php

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Body Discovered On 80

On Thursday September 28, 2017 at approximately 9:15AM Officers from the Scott County Sheriff’s Office, Davenport Police and the Iowa State Patrol responded to the area of Interstate 80 at the Wisconsin Ave. overpass reference to a body being discovered along the Interstate. Westbound traffic on I-80 was diverted for approximately 30 minutes during the initial investigation. Investigators from the Davenport Police Traffic Safety Unit are following up on the incident. No further information is available at this time. Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to call the Davenport Police Department at 563 326-6125 or submit an anonymous tip via the mobile app entitled “CityConnect Davenport, IA” or “CrimeReports by Motorola”.

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TaxSlayer Acquires Naming Rights to Quad City Civic Center

TaxSlayer, a leading online and professional tax and financial services technology company, today announced it has acquired the naming rights to the Illinois Quad City Civic Center Authority's 12,000 seat multi-purpose arena and conference center located in Moline, Illinois. The venue, formerly known as the iWireless Center, will be renamed TaxSlayer Center on October 1st, 2017. The deal, brokered by Impression Sports & Entertainment, has a total term of 10 years for a full value of over $3.3 million. 

"TaxSlayer has experienced rapid growth in the Midwest, and we're thrilled to expand our presence there through this strategic partnership," said Chris Moloney, Chief Marketing Officer, TaxSlayer. "Our company is about radically transforming the way people use technology, allowing our hardworking customers to spend less time on the things they have to do and more on what they want to do. We know our customers are passionate about sports and entertainment, and our sponsorships, including the TaxSlayer Bowl, are key to showing them what we offer and providing support to their local communities."

The Center has hosted thousands of top name artists and events including Neil Diamond, Frank Sinatra, Billy Joel, The Eagles, Van Halen, Cher, Kenny Chesney, Taylor Swift and Luke Bryan. The TaxSlayer Center will be leaping right out of the gate with a strong concert line-up including Chris Stapleton, Matchbox 20, Janet Jackson, Justin Moore and Sir Elton John in its first six weeks under the new name. 

"Joining forces with TaxSlayer will help us broaden our exposure and bring major artists and world class performances to our community," said Scott Mullen, TaxSlayer Center's Executive Director. "Working with an established financial technology company also has great optics as we market our venue within the entertainment industry nationally." 

The arena is also home base to two professional sports teams, including the Quad City Mallards of the ECHL, a minor league professional ice hockey team with its opening game for the 2017-18 season taking place on October 13th, 2017. Champions Indoor Football team, the Quad City Steamwheelers kick-off their 12-game season in March of 2018.

"We are looking forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship with TaxSlayer," said Don Welvaert, Illinois Quad City Civic Center Authority Chairman. "This new partnership is great for our community and will help us maintain our standing as one of the top mid-size arenas in the country."

The Quad Cities region is a large metropolitan area with a population of more than 470,000 locals spread across two states and five cities, including Davenport and Bettendorf in Iowa, and Rock Island, Moline and East Moline in Illinois, making it one of the 100 largest metro areas in the United States. 

About TaxSlayer
TaxSlayer makes life simpler and less stressful for millions of Americans with exceptional, easy-to-use technology. Trusted for over 50 years, TaxSlayer saves business owners, tax professionals and individual consumers time and money with high-quality, high-value financial products. In addition to offering the top-rated tax preparation software, support, and tools, TaxSlayer's products are radically transforming the legal, bookkeeping, and HR/payroll arenas, helping small business owners better serve their customers.  

The company successfully completed more than 10 million state and federal e-filed tax returns in 2017, representing a 200% increase over the past three years. TaxSlayer's software was ranked #1 for five straight years in numerous categories, including overall satisfaction by the National Association of Tax Professionals (NATP).


About Impression Sports & Entertainment
Impression Sports & Entertainment (Impression Sports) specializes in providing clients with full-service sponsorship sales representation and sponsorship consulting services. Founded in 2011 and representing some of the most prestigious sports properties across the country, Impression Sports has established itself as one of the leading firms in the industry. Its management team has more than four decades of in-depth experience and results-driven success in venue naming rights, title sponsorships and high-profile sales and sponsorship platforms.

Based in Denver, CO, Impression Sports is owned by Home Team Sports (HTS). HTS is a sales unit of FOX Sports that offers advertisers one-stop shopping for TV and digital media sponsorship of every MLB, NBA and NHL home team across the U.S., reaching 90+ million homes with its platforms. For more information on Impression Sports, including a complete client roster and testimonials, visit www.impressionsports.com.

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September Finishing Warm, Dry

It's been an odd stretch in September as the month comes to a close this week.Chris Miller with the National Weather Service in Lincoln says we started September cooler than normal but the last week to ten days has been well above average

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According to Miller, the month of September is averaging out to be normal in terms of temperatures. He adds the last 30 days have been dominated by the tropical storms.

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Miller indicates most of central Illinois has seen only a few days of measurable rain in the last 30 days, leaving most of the area below normal for average rainfall. He indicates around 90-percent of the state is abnormally dry or in a moderate drought. 

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Rail Safety Week

Illinois State Police District 7 is partnering with local, state and federal agencies to promote vehicle and pedestrian safety around railroad tracks and trains during Rail Safety Week, September 24 through September 30.

 

To promote rail safety awareness and education, Illinois State Police District 7 has planned enforcement details throughout the week at various railroad grade crossings.  Drivers and pedestrians who disobey the laws associated with railroad grade crossings and railroad property will be cited. In addition, police officers will be distributing literature to the public that contains information on how to be safe around trains and train tracks.

 

When crossing railroad tracks, motorists must always obey the law and be aware of your surroundings.  Please remember, it against the law to stop your vehicle on the railroad tracks and anywhere within the highway-rail grade crossing.  Highway-rail grade crossings are typically marked by white stop lines located on the pavement in advance of the crossing, and if not marked by white stop lines, the highway-rail grade crossing extends from protective gate arm to protective gate arm.

 

According to Illinois Operation Lifesaver, more than 67 percent of all rail-related collisions occur at crossings with active warning devices (flashing lights, gates, and ringing bells). 

 

During 2016 there were 120 railroad crossing collisions in Illinois involving motor vehicles.  These collisions resulted in 43 injuries and 22 fatalities.  In addition, there were 39 trespassing incidents on railroad property which resulted in 17 injuries and 22 fatalities.  Illinois is ranked 2nd in the nation in grade crossing fatalities and 7th in the nation in railroad trespassing fatalities.

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Volunteers Needed For Special Olympics Bowling On Sunday

 

Fifty (50) Volunteers are still needed for this Sundays Special Olympics bowling tournament Oct. 1, at Highland Park Bowl in Moline.

200 of athletes from Special Olympics Illinois Western/Area 4 are expected to compete in singles, doubles & team.

As with all Special Olympics events, volunteers play an integral part in the organization of a quality tournament.  Volunteers must be at least 14 years old and present a valid photo ID when they arrive on Sunday. In return for their time, volunteers will receive a Special Olympics Illinois volunteer T-shirt & Lunch if they can volunteer all day.  Positions & time slots available are:

· 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.– Singles, doubles and team bowling. Volunteers can work the entire time or select one of the following shifts:

· 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. – Lane supervisor, scorekeeper, lane assistant

· 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. – Scorekeeper, lane assistant, lunch, awards

· 12:30 – 4:30 p.m. – Scorekeeper, lane assistant, awards, clean-up

If you have questions regarding volunteer opportunities at the SOILL Western/Area 4 Bowling Tournament, please contact Area Manager Jennifer Davis at  309-337-9326 or via e-mail at jdavis@soill.org.

To register online go to:    http://cerv.is/m?0117gLUwPzL

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The Heat is Gone But Dry Here to Stay

The hot weather has broken in most of Illinois. The daily highs of the 90’s have been put in the rearview mirror with many in the state feeling high temps in the 70’s today. But the very dry weather isn’t going anywhere. The extended forecast has no sign of significant rain and State Climatologist Jim Angel says a developing weather pattern in the Pacific may keep it dry here through October.

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The flip side is after October there is an increased chance of wetter than normal conditions.

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Quad Cities Chamber To Host Small Business Marketing Series To Drive Holiday Sales

The Quad Cities Chamber will host a new series beginning in October to build marketing capacity for small businesses in the region. The 4-program series will feature local small business owners who will share best practices on the success they have found through various marketing initiatives and platforms.

The Small Business Marketing Series will kick off on Wednesday, October 4 from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at Boys & Girls Club, 1122 5th Ave., Moline with the topic Storytelling to Build Your Brand, featuring Stephanie Soebbing, Owner, Quilt Addicts Anonymous and Angie Kendall, Director of Development for the Child Abuse Council.

Additional topics, dates, speakers, and locations include:

Increasing Sales through Creative Packaging & Branded Event, featuring Mary Talbert, owner, Crafted QC and Stephanie Nagle, Director of Marketing & Public Relations, iWireless Center on Wednesday, October 11 from 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. at Kahl Educational Center, 326 W. 3rd St., Davenport, Rm. 1006 (10th Fl.)

 

Using Social Media to Drive Holiday Sales, featuring Amy Trimble, Watermark Corners and Tiphanie Cannon, owner, Oh So Sweet, facilitated by Kirby Winn, Director of Marketing, Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center on Wednesday, October 18 from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at Boys & Girls Club, 1122 5th Ave., Moline.

 

Help I Need Some Sizzle: Out of the Box Marketing Ideas to Generate Top of Mind Awareness,

featuring Cathy Edwards, owner, Edwards Creative Services and Steve Ducey, chief experience officer, Vibrant Credit Union on Wednesday, November 1 from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. at Edwards Creative Services, 435 1st St. E., Milan.

 

“Our members have told us that branding and exposure for their business is a top priority and we are excited to offer this series as an opportunity to inform, educate and inspire business owners in the region,” said Kristin Glass, Interim CEO & VP of Membership. “We are thrilled to be able to feature Chamber members that are taking an innovative approach when it comes to marketing and any time we can get business owners together in a room to share best practices and tangible tactics is an invaluable benefit.”

This event is free for Chamber members and $15 for non-members. Advanced reservation is requested due to limited seating. Register online at www.quadcitieschamber.com/events.

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Ballet 5:8 Will Return To The QC

This October, Ballet 5:8 returns to the Quad Cities, hometown  of Ballet  5:8  Co-founder& Executive Director, Amy Kozol Sanderson, for the third time since the company’s founding in 2012. Ballet 5:8’s “Compass” features four one-act ballets inspired by the challenges of navigating cultural tension in the present day. From an alien society to 1970’s Chicago, “Compass” stretches across time and space to explore some of our country’s most pressing topics. At times witty and satirical, and at times deeply emotional, “Compass” is full of athleticism, power and poetry. A single performance will be held on Saturday, October 7, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. at the Scottish Rite Cathedral, 1800 7th Ave, Moline, Illinois. Tickets are $25 foradults, $20 for students and seniors, and $15 for children. Tickets can be purchased atballet58.org or by calling 312-725-4752. Performance information is available atwww.ballet58.org/compass

 

A unique professional company, Ballet 5:8’s mission is shaped by a desire to engage audiences in meaningful discussion through innovative storytelling and the beauty and power of professional dance. “Compass” is based on the theme “navigating cultural tension with compassion” and is inspired by a desire to consider the pressing issues of the day through the lens of compassion. The four original ballets in the “Compass” program include works inspired by poems authored by African-American abolitionist and women’s rights activist, Sojourner Truth, and Pulitzer Prize author and Chicagoan, Gwendolyn Brooks. After the performance, audience members are invited to stay for a Ballet 5:8 tradition, the Talk Back. During this panel discussion, Ballet 5:8 Artistic Director Julianna Slager and artists of the company discuss questions, comments and feedback on the performance with audience members.

 

A childhood native of Eldridge, Iowa, Ballet 5:8 Executive Director Amy Kozol Sanderson fell in love with ballet at an early age and received her classical ballet training at Ballet Quad Cities School of Dance under former Artistic Director Johanne Jakhelln Constant. After studying as a trainee with the Ballet Quad Cities professional company for three years and with Ballet Magni?cat in Jackson, MS, Amy later moved to Chicago and worked in the administrative o?ces at the Jo?rey Academy of Dance. She went on to become one of the co-founders of Ballet 5:8 in 2012 and performed with Ballet 5:8 for three seasons before retiring to full-time administrative work. Amy currently lives in Chicago with her husband Clayton and their one-year-old daughter.

 

ABOUT BALLET 5:8 - Founded in 2012, Ballet 5:8 a 501-(c)-3 nonpro?t arts organization basedjust outside of Chicago, IL. The mission of Ballet 5:8 is to engage communities in Chicago, the Midwest and across the nation in conversation of life and faith through innovative storytelling and breathtaking dance. Ballet 5:8 performs over 40 times throughout Chicago and across the nation each year, in settings ranging from school gyms and professional theaters, in addition to teaching workshops and master classes. Ballet 5:8’s dance education centerBallet 5:8 School of the Arts, serves over 200 students each year through a wide range of dance classes and a nationally-recognized advanced classical ballet training program.

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Suspicious Activity 5300 Gaines St, Davenport

Officers responded to a call for a suspicious subject in the area of North High School (5300 Gaines St) around 11:39AM. The caller described what they thought was a person who had a firearm. Multiple Officers responded and coordinated an area search.
Due to the proximity to the schools and the nature of the call (possible weapons call) the schools locked down as a precautionary measure. Officers did stop an individual but determined that they were not involved. The call was not directly related to the schools. Officers continued to remain in the area with no issues found.

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BHC Celebrates 48 Years of Providing Adult Ed Classes

 

Black Hawk College is celebrating National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week Sept. 24-30.

 

Each year, approximately 1,300 students enroll in GED completion and non-credit English as a Second Language (ESL) classes at Black Hawk College.

 

Approximately 30 million Americans age 25 and older have not earned a high school diploma or equivalent, and 93 million function below the high school level.

 

Adult Education programs serve individuals age 16 and older who need to improve their basic skills with an emphasis on literacy, mathematics and English language proficiency.

 

Black Hawk College provides Adult Education classes at no cost to students who qualify. Classes are held in Aledo, East Moline, Kewanee and Rock Island.

 

Instructors work with each student to design an individual learning plan that aligns to his/her goals, such as to:

· Get, retain or advance in a job.

· Get off public assistance and earn a family-sustaining income.

· Complete high school or obtain a GED certificate.

· Transfer to a community college or training program.

· Help their children succeed in school.

· Manage their family’s health care.

· Learn English, understand U.S. culture and be an informed citizen.

 

Black Hawk College began serving adult learners on July 1, 1969.

 

Today, the Black Hawk College Adult Education program provides instruction in Adult Basic Education (ABE), Adult Secondary Education (ASE), high school credit and English as a Second Language (ESL).

 

For more information, call 309-796-8216.

 

 

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August Real Estate Sales Strong In Illinois

 The summer’s competitive housing market extended through August with lower seasonal inventory driving home prices higher, but tempering total home sales, according to Illinois REALTORS®.

Statewide home sales (including single-family homes and condominiums) in August 2017 totaled 16,196 homes sold, down 3.4 percent from 16,771 in August 2016.

The statewide median price in August was $200,456, up 5.0 percent from August 2016, when the median price was $191,000. The median is a typical market price where half the homes sold for more and half sold for less.

"The summer selling season was marked by high demand and lower-than-ideal inventories, said Illinois REALTORS® President Doug Carpenter, ABR, AHWD, GRI, SFR of Mokena, managing broker of Coldwell Banker The Real Estate Group in Orland Hills. "The data show homes are selling at a lightning-fast pace, which speaks to how quickly consumers are prepared to move to get the home they want."

The time it took to sell a home in August averaged 48 days, down from 55 days a year ago. Available housing inventory totaled 60,462 homes for sale, an 11.4 percent decline from August 2016 when there were 68,240 homes on the market.

The monthly average commitment rate for a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage was 3.88 percent in August 2017, a decrease from 3.97 percent the previous month, according to the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. In August 2016, it averaged 3.44 percent.

In the nine-county Chicago Primary Metropolitan Statistical Area (PMSA), home sales (single-family and condominiums) in August 2017 totaled 11,660 homes sold, down 3.9 percent from August 2016 sales of 12,139 homes. The median price in August 2017 was $239,900 in the Chicago PMSA, an increase of 4.3 percent from $230,000 in August 2016.

“The uncertainty in the Illinois economy over the last two years has contributed to a dampening of housing demand in contrast to the generally positive outlook in the rest of the country,” said Geoffrey J.D. Hewings, Director of the Regional Economics Applications Laboratory at the University of Illinois.  “At the same time, declines in inventory are still exerting upward pressure on housing prices and thus reducing affordability.”

According to the data, forty-two (42) Illinois counties reported sales gains for August 2017 over previous-year numbers, including LaSalle County, up 26.5 percent with 148 units sold; Will County, up 5.5 percent with 1,149 units sold; and Sangamon County, up 4.4 percent with 286 units sold. Fifty-two (52) counties showed year-over-year median price increases including Peoria County, up 12.6 percent to $128,000; Lake County, up 11.8 percent to $255,000; and Kane County, up 10.2 percent to $234,950.

The city of Chicago saw a 4.5 percent year-over-year home sales decline in August 2017 with 2,716 sales, down from 2,844 in August 2016. The median price of a home in the city of Chicago in August 2017 was $285,000, up 5.2 percent compared to August 2016 when it was $271,000. 

“With the improvement in the economy, people decided to enjoy their summer and the disposable income in their pockets,” said Matt Silver, president of the Chicago Association of REALTORS® and partner at Urban Real Estate. “While this contributed to a slight slowdown in year-over-year sales, the market is on track and poised for a strong autumn; days on market continue to decline, and our year-to-date sales are higher than last year’s. Energy and attention is shifting to the housing market and the opportunities therein.”

Sales and price information are generated by Multiple Listing Service closed sales reported by 28 participating Illinois REALTOR® local boards and associations including Midwest Real Estate Data LLC data as of Sept. 7, 2017 for the period Aug. 1 through Aug. 31, 2017. The Chicago PMSA, as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau, includes the counties of Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry and Will.

Illinois REALTORS® is a voluntary trade association whose more than 47,000 members are engaged in all facets of the real estate industry. In addition to serving the professional needs of its members, Illinois REALTORS® works to protect the rights of private property owners in the state by recommending and promoting legislation to safeguard and advance the interest of real property ownership.

Find Illinois housing stats, data and the University of Illinois REAL forecast at www.illinoisrealtors.org/marketstats.        

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Shots Fired, Vehicle Pursuit in Davenport

On Monday September 25, 2017, at approximately 12:11 am Davenport police responded to the area of 700 W. 63rd St. in reference to a shots fired call. Officers located shell casings in this area.  A residence was struck and a female laying on her couch holding her infant child was shot in the leg and transported to hospital by Medic with non-life threatening injuries.  A white, four door vehicle was observed by witnesses leaving the area.

At 1:32 am Davenport Police responded to the area of 6300 Appomattox Rd. in reference to shots fired.  Officers responding located casings in the area.  A white, four door vehicle was observed by witnesses leaving the area.

At 2:51 am Davenport Police responded to the parking lot of a business in the 300 block of N. Division reference a female loading a handgun in the parking lot and then getting into a white, Chevrolet Malibu, the vehicle left the area northbound.  Officers located this vehicle a short time later and attempted to initiate a traffic stop, the vehicle took off and a vehicle pursuit was approved.  The pursuit while southbound on Gaines St. and moving in the direction of the Centennial Bridge an occupant of the vehicle fired multiple rounds out of the sunroof.  The pursuit continued across the Centennial Bridge into Rock Island, turned back towards the Centennial Bridge and back into Davenport.  As the pursuit continued spikes were deployed at one point and were tangled in the wheel of the vehicle being pursued.  A PIT maneuver was attempted in the area on west 65th St and was unsuccessful and a squad struck a tree and the officer suffered minor injuries. A PIT  maneuver in the area of 65th and Brady St. area was successful and the occupants ran from the vehicle, 4 were apprehended and charged with more charges possible after the investigation is completed.

Four Officers suffered minor injuries while involved in the incident.

The Criminal Investigation Division is following-up on the incident. No further information is available at this time.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to call the Davenport Police Department at 563 326-6125 or submit an anonymous tip via the mobile app entitled “CityConnect Davenport, IA” or “CrimeReports by Motorola”.
 

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Upcoming Fall Immigration Benefit

QC Alliance for Immigrants and Refugee is pleased to announce our first annual Fall Benefit. The benefit will be held on September 30, 2017, from 4 pm to 11 pm, at Bent River Brewing Company, 512, 24th Street, Rock Island IL.. The fundraiser will feature the Bands: Have Your Cake, Dr. Dometone (formally Earth Aseending) and Keith Soko and will have a special performance by QC Sol Fire. Cover is $$ per person.

By applying our core values, Quality – Collaboration – Advocacy – Integration - Respect we work to accomplish our mission” “to assist immigrants and refugees integrate into the Quad City community by advocating for immigrants and refugees and collaborating with appropriate service providers.”

QC Alliance for Immigrants and Refugee is a 501(c)(3), non-profit, if you are interested in volunteering with the event or organization mission or have any questions, please contact Grant Curtis at email qcair@qcair.org  with a subject line of Information/volunteer Request

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IEMA Awards Grants

 The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) today awarded a total of $500,000 in grants to 32 county emergency management agencies to enhance their emergency operations centers.

 

“Emergency Operations Centers are the nerve center for coordinating emergency response efforts,” said IEMA Director James K. Joseph. “We focused these grant awards on counties that most needed basic technology and other equipment to help them serve their residents during emergencies.”

 

To be considered for a grant, an emergency management agency was required to be compliant with National Incident Management System requirements, have a current, approved emergency operations plan, and have a functional emergency operations center.

 

Forty-seven emergency management agencies submitted grant applications, which were competitively evaluated by state and local public safety representatives with priority given to counties with the greatest need. Representatives of county and municipal emergency management also provided input on the eligible items list in order to best benefit county emergency management agencies.

 

Items eligible for purchase with the grant funds include PCs, laptops, projectors, printers, phones, radio base stations, portable projectors, screens, white boards and furniture for the emergency operations center.

 

Grants were awarded to the following county emergency management agencies:

 

 

Alexander County       $21,734.30

Brown County            $24,995.70

Carroll County            $  6,744.00

Christian County         $  5,520.00

Clay County                $  5,990.64

Coles County              $17,838.47

Cumberland County   $12,352.91

Edgar County              $18,670.00

Effingham County      $12,400.00

Fayette County           $  9,422.97

Fulton County             $14,000.00

Henry County             $24,995.28

Iroquois County          $17,850.00

Jefferson County         $  6,176.77

Jo Daviess County      $24,900.00

Logan County             $12,050.00

Marshall County         $  9,575.00

Mason County            $21,462.98

Massac County           $  8,200.00

Menard County           $  8,294.00

Mercer County            $25,000.00

Monroe County           $24,964.45

Montgomery County  $16,223.00

Perry County               $24,982.00

Pike County                $20,879.40

Putnam County           $24,998.00

Shelby County            $13,322.00

Stephenson County     $22,168.47

Wabash County          $12,500.00

Wayne County            $11,770.00

White County             $13,580.00

Woodford County       $  6,439.66

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Upcoming Mississippi River Conference

 Stakeholders, experts and policymakers will convene at the 10th annual Upper Mississippi River Conference, ‘Big River. Big Challenges.” in Moline, Ill., Oct. 11-12, 2017. The conference will focus on environmental challenges facing the river system that includes the Mississippi, Illinois, Missouri and Iowa Rivers, along with scores of other freshwater sources.

 

Attendees will hear from Jim Noel, Service Coordination Hydrologist, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Brad Gordon, Lapham Fellow, American Rivers, and Clare Lindahl, CEO, Soil and Water Conservation Society.

 

Dr. S. Elwynn Taylor, Extension Climatologist at Iowa State University and Kirsten Mickelsen, Executive Director, Upper Mississippi River Basin Association also are scheduled to speak at the event.

 

A student summit, poster session and local field trips also are planned.

 

The conference will be held at the iWireless Center in Moline, Ill. The deadline to register at a discounted price is Oct. 1. For more information or to register for the conference, hosted by Davenport non-profit River Action, Inc., at www.RiverAction.org/UMRC.

 

WHAT: Upper Mississippi River Conference ‘Big River. Big Challenges.”
WHERE: iWireless Center, Moline, Ill.

WHEN: Oct. 11-12, 2017

COST: Early registration deadline Oct. 1, 2017

 

About River Action

River Action strives to foster the environmental, economic, and cultural vitality of the Mississippi River and its riverfront in the Quad City region.

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Aggravated Battery/Great Bodily Harm/Peace Officer

 

On September 21, 2017 at 1817 hours the Rock Island Police Department received a 911 call for an unknown problem. The telecommunicators re-contacted the original caller who advised that it was a domestic disturbance call.

 

Officers were dispatched to 219 21st Street to investigate the domestic call. The first officer arrived on scene and immediately went to the apartment where he encountered Cartier J. Leflore.  As the officer investigated the original complaint, it was determined that Leflore had committed Domestic Battery and at this time the officer attempted to place Leflore under arrest. Leflore then proceeded to resist and batter the officer, rendering the officer unconscious. Leflore disarmed the officer of his taser and fled the scene. He was located shortly thereafter by responding officers in the area of 23rd St / 3rd Av. where he was taken into custody after the arresting officers deployed their tasers to subdue Leflore.

 

Leflore was charged with the following:

 

            Ct. 1 Aggravated Battery/Great Bodily Harm/Peace Officer – Class 1 Felony

 

            Ct. 2 Aggravated Battery – Class 2 Felony

 

            Ct. 3 Disarming a Peace Officer – Class 1 Felony

 

Leflore is currently in custody at the Rock Island County Jail in lieu of $250,000 bond 10% applies.

 

The Officer was transported to the hospital for facial and head injuries and kept overnight for observation.  The Officer has since been released and will be remain off work until he recovers from his injuries.

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It's Not Too Early To Get A Flu Shot

 

As soon as the influenza (flu) vaccine is available in your community, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) recommends everyone six months and older be vaccinated.  Because of concerns about how well the nasal spray vaccine worked during the past two flu seasons, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices is recommending people get a flu shot and not the nasal spray.  Getting an annual flu vaccine is the first and best way to protect yourself and your family from the flu.

“We recommend people get a flu shot by the end of October, if possible.  It takes about two weeks after vaccination for the body’s immune response to fully respond and for you to be protected,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D.  “Therefore, it’s better to be vaccinated before flu viruses start circulating.”

The flu season typically begins in October and peaks between December and March.  The flu is a contagious respiratory illness that can cause mild to severe illness.  Serious cases of flu can result in hospitalization or death. 

Getting a flu shot can reduce flu illnesses, doctors’ visits, and missed work and school due to flu, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations.  The more people who get vaccinated, the more people will be protected from flu, especially those who may not be able to be vaccinated, such as babies under six months.  Anyone can get the flu, even healthy people.  Getting a flu shot is the first and most important step in protecting you and those around you against flu viruses.

Flu symptoms can include fever or feverish/chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headache, tiredness, and some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.

Flu is typically spread by droplets when someone with the flu talks, coughs, or sneezes.  People can also get the flu by touching something, like a door handle, that has the virus on it and then touching their mouth, eyes, or nose.

On average, it’s about two days after being exposed to the flu before symptoms begin.  However, you can pass the flu to someone roughly a day before you start experiencing those symptoms, and up to 5 to 7 days after becoming sick.

In addition to getting a flu shot, IDPH recommends following the 3 C’s: clean, cover, and contain.

• Clean – frequently wash your hands with soap and warm water.
• Cover – cover your cough and sneeze. 
• Contain – contain your germs by staying home if you are sick.

Influenza antiviral drugs can be a second line of defense for treatment of some who get sick with the flu.  Many observational studies have found that in addition to lessening the duration and severity of symptoms, antiviral drugs can prevent flu complications.  Because it is important to start antiviral medication quickly, high-risk patients should contact a health care professional at the first signs of influenza symptoms, which include sudden onset of fever, aches, chills, and tiredness.

To find a location to get a flu shot in your community, check with your health care provider or local health department.  You can also use the online Vaccine Finder.

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Health Dept Offers DOT Physicals

 

    The Henry and Stark County Health Department staff reminds area residents their Clinical services program is offering area drivers low cost DOT Physicals.  Appointments are available at their Main Office, Rt. 78 South, Kewanee and by special arrangement and at their West Office, 103 1st St., Colona.

      The Health Department notes that the Department of Transportation requires some drivers to get regular physicals to make sure they can drive safely. If any of the following apply to you, you must get a DOT physical and carry a DOT medical certificate when you drive a commercial vehicle:

You are paid to operate a motor vehicle that holds nine to 15 passengers; you drive the vehicle more than 75 miles from where you report to work; you operate this vehicle for interstate commerce purposes

You operate a motor vehicle with a gross combination weight rating, gross vehicle weight, gross vehicle weight rating, or gross combination weight of at least 10,001 pounds; you operate this vehicle for interstate commerce purposes

You transport hazardous materials in certain quantities

     Sandy Sommer, RN Clinical Services Director with the Health Department notes, “If you want to comply with federal law, a qualified medical examiner must complete your DOT physical form.  Our Nurse Practitioner, Josefina Foreman is a Certified DOT medical examiner.”

     DOT Physical participants should expect the examiner to review their health history and ask the participant to list the medications taken on a regular basis. During your DOT physical, the examiner will also do the following:

Check your pulse and blood pressure

Perform a vision test

Observe your general appearance

Examine your eyes, throat, mouth, and ears

Listen to your heart and lungs

Check for spine deformities

Perform a neurological exam

Press on your abdomen to check for abnormalities

Perform a hernia check

     Sommer adds, “If you are seeing a provider and are on medication for sleep apnea, diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiac, anxiety, ADHD/ADD, depression and other mental health issues, and seizures.  Participants need to obtain a “Clearance Letter” from the provider of care and bring to their appointment.

    Please note, appointments for DOT Physical, which are necessary, may be made by contacting the Health Department at (309) 852-5272 - Kewanee Office or 792-4011-Colona Office.  For more information visit our website at www.henrystarkhealth.com or find us on Facebook at Henry and Stark County Health Departments or Follow Us on Twitter.

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